Wes Bender Studio NYC

Wes Bender Studio had a few NYC debuts in store for show goers including the Viola Audio Laboratories Crescendo Preamplifier with integrated DAC ($19,000 includes Apple iPod Touch), and the Hansen Audio The Prince ($39,000/pair) loudspeakers. Also on active display was the Viola Audio Laboratories Forte Mono Power Amplifiers ($19,000/pair), and a Lindemann Audio 825 HD Disc Player ($12,500). The vinyl rig, for those inclined, included the Redpoint Audio Designs Model MG/Special Edition turntable ($65,000), Tri-Planar Ultimate Mk VII-UII tonearm ($5,000) a Graham Phantom II Supreme B-44 cartridge ($5,999), and the Zesto Audio Andros PS1 phono stage ($3,900).

A MacBook Pro running Pure Music fed the Viola Crescendo Preamp/DAC which offers balanced and single-ended inputs as well as a 24/192 asynchronous USB DAC input using a "proprietary" Viola XMOS chip and a S/PDIF input also capable of handling 24/192. The chassis is machined from a solid billet of aluminum and the there's a free Viola App for use with iOS devices.